Isolated Warrior

Isolated Warrior

If the Isolated Warrior in the title refers to hero Max Maverick and his solo journey, than buddy get in line.  This shit has been going on for forty years.  Isometric action games were never that big in America but...
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Ninja Gaiden II – the Dark Sword of Chaos

Ninja Gaiden II – the Dark Sword of Chaos

As much as it frustrated me Ninja Gaiden is still one of my favorite NES games ever.  I wouldn’t have dumped hundreds of hours mastering it just to reach its fantastic conclusion otherwise.  Back in the 80s video game release...
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Kendo Rage

Kendo Rage

Sometimes I wonder how or why certain games were ever localized.  For every Castlevania or Mega Man, the types of games a publisher would be fools to leave in Japan (yes I’m aware of Rondo of Blood, but let’s be...
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Castlevania Chronicles

Castlevania Chronicles

I remember the final years of the PlayStation One as being particularly dreadful.  Once Sony stopped giving a damn the flood gates opened with legions of budget titles flooding store shelves.  We were subjected to shovelware the likes of which...
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Castlevania 64

Castlevania 64

It had to happen.  Castlevania finally went 3d in 1999 on the Nintendo 64.  Looking back Symphony of the Night is a bit of an anomaly.  At a time where every major series went 2d Konami turned their noses and...
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Castlevania: Dracula X

Castlevania: Dracula X

It was a sad day when Rondo of Blood was passed over for a US release.  It should have been expected of course; Konami were not a licensed publisher for the Turbo Grafx-16 but there was some sliver of hope...
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Castlevania: Bloodlines

Castlevania: Bloodlines

Konami were one of the last major publishers to come to the Genesis but did so in grand fashion.  Aside from new IP like Rocket Knight Adventures they also produced great new entries in existing series like Contra Hard Corps...
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Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

If you would have told me that a Castlevania game would never see a release in America back in the day I would have called you crazy.  Yet that is precisely what happened.  Konami gave the PC Engine a great...
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Super Castlevania IV

Super Castlevania IV

When I look back on the first year of the Super Nintendo’s release I realize we’ll likely never have another system with a year of insane releases like that ever again.  Aside from new intellectual properties many beloved classics received...
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Akumajou Densetsu

Akumajou Densetsu

For years even before I hopped on the internet I have read about the differences between the Japanese and American version of Castlevania III.  I was always curious since there was no way for me to verify the information for...
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